PERRIS – The Perris Auto Speedway will be hosting one of its most popular nights of the year Saturday, October 26. The PASSCAR Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modifieds and American Factory Stocks will all be racing. In addition to the racing, all kids in Halloween costumes will be allowed onto the track to collect candy from all the drivers. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.
Following the heat races at intermission, all the drivers and cars will line up on the front straightaway. They will have bags of candy and goodies. Kids will then be allowed onto the track for the entire intermission to collect treats from their racing heroes.
The Halloween night tradition began three years ago at the suggestion of Shelly Wooldridge. She sent a message a couple of days before the race proposing the idea. With only two days to get the word out, track officials were expecting 40 or 50 kids, but they were pleasantly surprised when there were close to 150 dressed up in a variety of costumes. In the subsequent two years after, the number of kids participating continued to grow.
“This by far is one of the most popular and fun nights of our season,” promoter Don Kazarian said. “Everyone looks forward to it all year long and I am not sure who has more fun, the kids or the drivers. The number of trick or treaters has grown each year and the costumes they come in continues to amaze. Even some of the drivers dress up during the break. The amount of candy the drivers and teams bring gets bigger every year, too. It is just a fun event and maybe more importantly for parents, it is a safe way for the little ones to trick or treat.”
With only two races remaining in the point season, all but one of the championship chases remains close. In the Street Stocks, Riverside’s Luke Dodd, who is seeking his sixth championship, holds a slender 7-point lead over rival Blaine Whitson of Temecula. Norco High senior Alyssa Smith is third and trails Dodd by 15-points.
Veteran Fred Estrada of Riverside is 14-points ahead of fellow Riverside resident Tyson Talkington in the Super Stocks. Beaumont’s Ricky Lee is third, but he is 30-markers behind Estrada.
Defending American Factory Stock champion Cameron Veatch of Temecula holds a 12-point advantage over Nuevo’s Mike Burks. Darren Myers of Buena Park is another five-points behind in third.
The only class with a clear-cut leader is in the Modifieds. Apple Valley’s Joey Haresky, who sewed up the IMCA portion of the track championship, has a comfortable 27-point lead over Bradley Morris of Romoland. Luke Dodd, who is the leading rookie in the Modifieds, is third.
Saturday’s show will feature hot laps and heat races for all the classes before the trick or treating at intermission. After the kids fill their Halloween bags up with goodies, each class will contest 20-lap main events.
After Saturday, there will only be one stock car show left at The PAS in 2019. It will come Saturday, November 16.
PASSCAR Street Stock Points
- Luke Dodd – Riverside – 129
- Blaine Whitson – Temecula – 122
- Alyssa Smith – Norco – 114
- Stefan Davies – Murrieta – 95
- George Boulden – Lake Elsinore – 90
- Joey Haresky – Apple Valley – 221
- Bradley Morris – Romoland – 194
- Luke Dodd – Riverside – 185
- Dustin Grabowski – Upland – 166
- Chad Burns – Riverside – 164
PASSCAR Super Stocks
- Fred Estrada – Riverside – 123
- Tyson Talkington – Riverside – 109
- Rickie Lee – Beaumont – 93
- Dennis Wooldridge – 82
- Mike Olson – Murrieta – 62
PASSCAR American Factory Stocks
- Cameron Veatch – Temecula – 124
- Mike Burks – Nuevo – 118
- Darren Myers – Buena Park – 113
- Jason Cook – Hemet – 108
- Swede Ogren – Anza – 80
Tickets for all PAS events, including Saturday night, are available 24-hours a day by calling 1-800-595-4849 or online at www.pas.tix.com. For fans who do not wish to buy tickets in advance, there will be plenty available for everyone at the ticket window on race night.
Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the SoCal Fair and Event Center (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one-hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds. For directions on MapQuest, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.
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2019 Perris Auto Speedway Schedule:
-October 26 – PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds
-November 6 – Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction Practice Session
-November 7 – Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction USAC National, CRA and Southwest Sprint Cars
-November 8 – Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction USAC National, CRA and Southwest Sprint Cars
-November 9 – Budweiser Oval Nationals Presented by All Coast Construction USAC National, CRA and Southwest Sprint Cars
-November 16 – “Champions Night” PASSCAR Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and PAS Modifieds
*** Schedule Subject to Change